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I think I tend to drive my non-dancing friends nuts at times with my endless talk of ballet or just dance in general... ok occasionally even my dancing friends


Anyway I thought it might be fun to share some of the symptoms of our obsessions... I can't be the only one! (I hope :) !)


here are a few of mine...


1. Looking through a fashion magazine recently I couldn't help noticing the feet... one of the model had these beautiful graceful very arched feet... I was quite envious. Before ballet I think I would have checked out her shoes if anything foot related!


2. We have nice roomy bathrooms at my work with the counter at a decent barre level... I generally sneak in a few plies or stretches during my bathroom run. Oh and the hallway to it is nice for grand jetes.


3. My bedside table is littered with ballet and dance related magazines, books and a few dog eared catalogs. And occasionally a pair of pointe shoes or flats which need ribbons or elastic sewn on.


anyone else? :yucky:

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Oh god yeah! I can't remember the last time I read a book that wasn't ballet related. The other day as the elevator was closing I literally (without even realizing it) did a grande jete into the elevator so I wouldn't miss it. The people already in the elevator looked at me like I was crazy. Then yesterday I gave my coworkers a foot anotomy lesson about arches and insteps and tapered toes all becuase someone showed me a sock. So yeah....obsessed? Maybe a little. If ballet is in my head (which it is alot) I can change any conversation into a ballet conversation. I usually don't though because I know people don't want to talk about ballet. The funny thing is, sometimes....when friends of yours don't know anything about ballet and they know you are very into it, they want to know more about it and they will ask questions. At a party on new years someone I haven't seen in months was like...."you look amazing that ballet is really agreeing with you" and then she kept asking questions about my secret fitness regime. You would be surprised how many people know NOTHING about ballet at all and you will also be surprised how many people are actually very interested about it. As for talking your friends to death about ballet...wait for them to ask you. Eventually they are going to wonder where your new figure came from. :yes:

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Obsession is a little strong. I’d say consequent weird habits.


Just the other day I was having a conversation with my wife in the kitchen. It wasn’t about anything serious. Just chit-chat, the kind of patter you go through when one of you gets home from work (her in this instance). Only problem was that while we were talking, I just happened to be doing pencil turns and pirouettes, both while she was talking and while I was talking (I can talk and turn at the same time), much to her annoyance. Her response was, “If you don’t stop that, I’m going to hit you.”


I’d like to say that was the only time it’s happened, but if I did, I wouldn’t be telling the truth.


You sometimes talk that way when you’ve been married for 38 years.

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If I'm having a standing up discussion with people at work I will often do a few tendues and releves and I don't even notice that I'm doing it unitl I spot my colleagues shocked faces. :yes:


I'm also frequently spotted stretching at my desk.


I'm much worse at home though, my husband claims that I haven't walked inside the flat for months.


I do arabesques and attitides en arriere when reaching for things in cupboard, I do soutenue turns to change direction in the kitchen, I chaine across the floor when i move from room to room.


My Christmas wishlist had 75% ballet stuff on it.

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